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We hope you were able to take advantage of one of the many free National Coffee Day giveaways on Monday, because ecologists report that a fungus has been sweeping across plantations in Mexico and Central America, limiting coffee production and forcing price increases in the process.
Predatory beetles can detect the unique alarm signal released by ants that are under attack by parasitic flies, and the beetles use those overheard conversations to guide their search for safe egg-laying sites on coffee bushes.
Conventional wisdom among many ecologists is that industrial-scale agriculture is the best way to produce lots of food while preserving biodiversity in the world's remaining tropical forests.
Ever since a forward-thinking trio of physicists identified the phenomenon known as self-organized criticality -- a mechanism by which complexity arises in nature -- scientists have been applying its concepts to everything from economics to avalanches.
- Withering but not falling off, as a blossom that persists on a twig after flowering.